Old Blood Noise Endeavors (OBNE) has launched the MAW, or Microphone Audio Workstation. Initially developed as a simple effects pedal for vocalists, MAW has become a flexible manipulation pedal for any application that involves a microphone, or anything else with an XLR connection. The pedal is designed to be a “versatile tool for studio tinkerers or it can be an all-in-one for creative vocalists looking to control their live sound”, OBNE says.
The MAW is centred around a mic preamp, which feeds into three foot-switchable effect engines, alongside an effects loop. Two of the effect engines are switchable multi-effects, with flange, reverb, delay and rotary effects available, while the third will saturate the signal.
The unit can receive input from XLR or quarter-inch jack, with dual outputs for Wet, switchable between quarter-inch or XLR, or Post-saturation Dry with XLR.
Notably, the MAW is powered by nine-volt power supply – and given the effects loop capability, this could slot easily into your guitar pedalboard. If you’re a solo singer/guitarist and want to thicken out your vocal sound as well as your guitar sound, the maw’s extensive I/O should have you covered in most signal-path situations. If you want to process your guitar with the MAW, grabbing a DI box of some kind will let you split your signal into a balanced XLR signal suitable for its input connection.
Given the flexibility of the XLR connection, and related mixers, the MAW provides a huge range of sonic options for any situation, but for guitarists allows for some interesting signal-path trickery.
The OBNE MAW is available now for £249. Find out more at oldbloodnoise.com.